Victory for Ferrets in Washington; Cats Need Help at University of Virginia
Ferrets will no longer have breathing tubes repeatedly forced down their throats at the University of Washington. Thanks to PCRM, its members, and local activists, the university will now use medical simulators to teach future pediatricians endotracheal intubation. But cats at the University of Virginia still need your help.
A University of Washington (UW) spokesperson informed PCRM that instead of ferrets “tetherless simulators are being employed at the point-of-care at the bedside to simulate resuscitations and enhance teamwork among healthcare providers.” The spokesperson also stated that “simulation will be a more cost-effective way to train intubation techniques.”
UW joins the 94 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada that view nonanimal methods as more humane and educationally superior. But a handful of schools, such as the University of Virginia (UVA), continue live animal use.
PCRM members have sent more than 60,000 e-mails asking UVA to end the use of live cats in its endotracheal intubation training, which can cause tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and permanent injury to the animals. UVA is aware of human-based training methods, but continues to claim that cats are necessary to train residents.